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Why Does My Wallet Have Different Addresses? Which One Should I Use?
Why Does My Wallet Have Different Addresses? Which One Should I Use?
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Written by Pablo Laboreo
Updated over a week ago

A multi-chain crypto wallet, like Zelus, is a versatile tool that allows you to interact with multiple blockchains from a single platform. For example, you can hold Bitcoin (BTC), Ethereum (ETH), and Avalanche (AVAX) all in the same wallet. But here's the catch: each blockchain requires its own address.

🏑 Different Addresses for Different Blockchains

In the crypto universe, there's more than one blockchain. You've got the Bitcoin blockchain, the Ethereum blockchain, the Binance Smart Chain, and many others. Each of these blockchains operates independently and has its own unique address format.

Just as you can't mail a letter to "123 Bitcoin St" and expect it to arrive at "123 Ethereum Ave," you can't send Bitcoin to an Ethereum address or vice versa. In a multi-chain wallet, when you're receiving funds, you'll need to make sure you're using the correct address for the type of crypto you're receiving. If you're getting Bitcoin, use your Bitcoin address. If it's Ethereum, use your Ethereum address. These addresses are all part of your wallet, but each one connects to a different blockchain.

Always double-check that you're using the correct address for the cryptocurrency you're dealing with. Sending crypto to the wrong blockchain could lead to a permanent loss of funds.

🧭 Find your addresses in Zelus wallet

To find your different addresses in Zelus wallet, tap on the dedicated icon located at the top right of any major screen.

You will notice that multiple blockchains appear listed under the Ethereum address. This is because all these blockchains are EVM-compatible, and use the same architecture and the same address format as Ethereum. This means you can use the same Ethereum address to receive funds on any of these blockchains.

On the My Addresses screen, identify the blockchain address you want to use. You may tap on the QR button to see a QR code of that specific address, or tap on the Copy button to copy the address and paste it wherever you need to.

πŸ” Safety reminder

It is very important not to confuse your (public) addresses with your private keys or secret recovery phrase.

Your crypto addresses are safe to display anywhere you would like to accept tips, payments, or donations. It is not possible to steal digital currency with a public address alone. However, no matter which blockchain you're dealing with: never share your private keys orsecret recovery phrase with anyone.

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